West Brom have appointed ex-Liverpool and Fulham manager Roy Hodgson as their new Head Coach.
Hodgson, 63, who parted company with the Reds in January after only six months in charge, following a successful spell at Craven Cottage where he guided Fulham to the Europa League Final last season, succeeds Roberto di Matteo at the Hawthorns, the Italian having been relieved of his duties by chairman Jeremy Peace on Sunday.
Hodgson has signed an 18-month contract at the Hawthorns, and will take over following the match against West Ham United, for which Michael Appleton will remain in charge, ensuring that the former Inter manager’s first game in charge of the Baggies is the Black Country derby against Wolves on February 20th.
Chris Hughton had been the favourite to succeed Di Matteo until yesterday afternoon, the former Newcastle United boss having met with Albion chairman Peace on Wednesday evening to discuss terms if he were to join the club.
However, the two parties couldn’t agree on a deal, and a Hodgson became odds-on favourite for the job last night following a string of bets backing him to take the Hawthorns hot-seat.
His first job now will be to lift the morale of a side who have slid down the Premier League table in recent months, following a disastrous run of 13 defeats in their last 18 games.